STD Testing Clinics Come in All Shapes and Sizes
Maybe you’re reading this article because you have already had unprotected sex and you’re experiencing some strange symptoms. Or, perhaps your partner has just revealed to you that you may be at risk for catching the STD he “forgot” to tell you about. You may even be reading this article because you are getting ready to begin a new relationship and you want to know the best ways to stay safe. You’ve come to the right place! The information in this article will clearly outline the most common sexually transmitted diseases, what types of screening are available, and how STDs are treated.
First, let’s discuss the main STDs that are out there. People can become infected through unprotected sexual activity because bodily fluids are being exchanged. Using a condom is the best way to prevent the spread of disease from one human to another. Some STDs are treatable with medication from your doctor or through a state-supported or privately-owned community health clinic. Types of curable STDs include gonorrhea, syphilis, and Chlamydia. Viral infections cannot be cured, but they can be treated with antiviral medications that are fairly new to the market and are very effective in suppressing the body’s immune system so that symptoms are less frequent and less severe.
The first step for a person of any age who may feel that they have been exposed to an STD is to get tested. Screening sites are usually open 6 or even 7 days a week, many have Spanish speaking workers, and most are open after hours so people can phone to make an appointment and visit after work when it’s more convenient. Counseling is always a part of the screening process, so if you have questions, they are there for you in a completely confidential setting. Some programs offer not only testing but treatment and after care as well. With over 1,500 lab locations it is simple to find a lab in your local area and get tested.
Treatment for a bacterial type of STD is generally a basic round of antibiotics. Symptoms can usually be eliminated within 14 days after beginning treatment. These are the same types of medications that doctors use to treat bronchitis or any other bodily infection. Viral STDs are more complicated because they are incurable diseases. They are manageable, as mentioned before, with antiviral medications.
Remember that anonymous and confidential counseling is also available over the phone in your community, even in Spanish—call us today.